ION CLUB TARIFA
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Tarifa, Spain
Season : From 15th March until 15th January
Opening hours: 10.30am – 6.30pm
July & August : 10.30am – 8.00pm
Tarifa- the wind capital of Europe. Right at the beginning of the beautiful Costa de la Luz, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Mediterranean sea and Europe meets Africa, you can find the mecca for all water enthusiasts. With it’s location, this spot offers wind and sun for almost 300 days a year and makes it the best kitesurfing, wingsurf and windsurfing destination in the world.
There are two predominant winds in Tarifa- LEVANTE and PONIENTE. Levante is a warm, dry and strong wind, blowing from the east (“levantar” in Spanish means “to rise”, as the sun rises in the east) and can get up to the speed of 30- 40 knots. Poniente is blowing from the opposite direction, from the west (in Spanish “poner” means “to set”, as the sun sets in the west) and is a lighter, colder and moist wind blowing onshore. The combination of these two winds make Tarifa a perfect playground for anybody, who wants to enjoy the wind and he waves.
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No matter which month of the year, there is always plenty of activities you can try. With the beautiful landscapes you can go hiking, climbing, mountain biking, whale watching, horse-back riding or just enjoy the day on the beach and in the evening visit one of the many authentic restaurants and tapas bars and watch the famous sunsets. The great food, amazing wine, friendly locals and the wind makes Tarifa a perfect spot not only for professional kiters and windsurfers but for everyone stoked by the wind!
Our ION CLUB Tarifa centre is situated on the beautiful beach of Valdevaqueros, the perfect location for both wind directions. The shape of the beach and the dune at the end make it a safe spot with side offshore levante and enjoyable playground with thermal support in the summer with poniente.
Our international team is here to help you start and get hooked at windsurfing, kitesurfing and wingsurfing as well as master your tricks once you’re already addicted! No wind? No problem. Grab an SUP or a surf board and enjoy the calm before another wind storm hits!
After the session you can enjoy our chill out area and have a delicious lunch or sunset beer at a 3✶ Michelin chef- Dani Garcia’s restaurant BiBo next door.
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Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of the European continent, where the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coast are so close that they almost touch. Due to the jet effect of the Strait the winds get additional force and acceleration so that they easily reach up to 8 beaufort on top days. No doubt Tarifa is one of the best spots in Europe with almost a 100% wind guarantee.
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
During Summer time the dominating wind is Levante blowing from East (cross offshore from the left), in Autumn and Spring it is Poniente blowing from West (sideshore to cross onshore from the right).
Choppy to flat water in Summer and some good swell can come in during Autumn and Winter season.
ION CLUB Tarifa center is located right in front of the spot, not too far from the huge Dune amidst lush vegetation and on a beautiful sandy beach. Due to the protected bay, all levels can be taught depending upon the wind force. The bay also offers a safe spot in strong Levante days as you will be drifting towards the dune in case of something happens. The shorebreak can be challenging in Autumn with onshore wind (Poniente). Beginners tuition depends on the wind conditions and cannot be guaranteed. There is no disputing the fact that our ION CLUB is one of the best windsurfing, wingsurf and kitesurfing spot in Tarifa.
LOS CAÑOS DEL MECA
During the summer months Los Caños de Meca has the best conditions for waves. The center is organizing day trips to Caños and rental guests are free to take equipment away to different spots any time they like.
HOW TO GET TO ION CLUB TARIFA?
From Tarifa to ION CLUB
Leave Tarifa town by the Roundabout close to Mercadona and Dia supermarket. To get onto the N340, take a turn to the left, direction beach. Stay on this street for around 10 minutes. You will pass a Gas station, Hotel Hurricane and Camping Valdevaqueros. Keep driving for another 200 metres and just after the restaurant yellow and black house« ZERO 9 » turn left before the next curve and continue all the way to the beach parking of ION CLUB Tarifa and BiBo Beach House right in front of you.
From Jerez to Tarifa
Follow the A-381 in the direction of A-390 for about 24 km and take the exit 24 and leave A-381. Take the A-396 in the direction of N-340/E5 for about 22 km and then take left on the N-340/E5 (follow the signs saying "Tarifa/Algeciras") and keep driving for about 40 km. Once you pass the village of Facinas, almost reaching Tarifa, you will see signs to « Punta Paloma » to the right. Keep driving for another kilometer and just before the restaurant ZERO 9 turn right and continue all the way to the beach parking. Our centre is situated right next to the restaurant BiBo Beach House.
From Malaga to Tarifa
Leave the airport, taking the AP-7 motorway in the direction of Algeciras/ Cadiz will be the fastest route (approx cost is 15 euros). It shortens the trip considerably as compared with the national road, which takes approx. 35 minutes more. Passing Algeciras, continue in the direction of Cadiz on the N-340, passing through the village of Pelayo in the mountains ; after about 20 km, Tarifa can be seen ahead.
To get to the center, drive past the town of Tarifa and after about 10 km the Hurricane Hotel center can be seen on the left. After another 3 km you will see « Camping Valdevaqueros ». Keep driving for another 200 metres and just after the restaurant « ZERO 9 » turn left and continue all the way to the beach parking. Our centre is situated right next to the restaurant BiBo Beach House.
Arrabal Sector Valdevaqueros, 9, 11380 Casas de Porro, Cádiz Tarifa, Spain
WHAT TO DO AROUND TARIFA?
Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucia´s most significant and well-preserved Roman archeological sites. The extensive ruins are situated on the Costa de la Luz, some 15km north of Tarifa, by the small town of Bolonia and its beautiful beach. The site´s important history rests on the former city having been a strategic point for trade routes between Europe and North Africa; the Straits of Gibraltar are just 14km wide at their narrowest point, and Baelo Claudia profited from this proximity. The remains of the impressive temple, Forum, basilica, baths, aqueduct, and large fish-salting factory in particular, can all be seen today, giving an insight into the former glory of the city.
A wonderful opportunity to get close to whales, dolphins and other sea mammals, in their natural habitat in the Straits of Gibraltar. Because this stretch of water is only 13 miles wide at its narrowest point, the concentration of cetaceans (whales) is very high, especially towards the middle. It is about three miles offshore that you find the larger creatures, such as the Minke Whale and Sperm Whale. From mid July to mid September Orcas are most abundant in the Straights of Gibraltar because they are hunting the Tuna that passes through the Straights at this time of the year to reach the Atlantic. ION CLUB Tarifa can organise a sailing trip or SUP crossing over the straight upon request. Don’t miss this opportunity of living an unforgettable experience !
VEJER DE LA FRONTERA
“Pueblo blanco”, classic white village on the hilltop is well worth a visit. The more interesting arrival is from the bottom of the ravine called La Barca de Vejer. From here take the steep road up the escarpment and straight into the beautiful Plaza de España, undoubtedly one of the prettiest village squares in Spain. The town square, shaded by vast palm trees, has a wonderful old fountain with traditional ceramic Andalucian frogs, which spout water high into the air, thus forming a fountain. If you are lucky, park the car in the plaza. If not park on the road leading up to the plaza and walk back. From the plaza enter the old walled town through the arch (Arco de la Villa). This stunning castellated town is a magical place to explore, its quiet cobbled streets meandering through a charming jumble of secret corners, hidden patios and delightful houses.
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A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 18 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
Do you need to be young and strong to learn kitesurfing?
No you don’t need to. It’s a sport where you need feeling not strength.
How many lessons do I need to learn kitesurfing from a total beginner?
After 8-10 hours in easy conditions you normally start to ride. But already after 1hr you can have a lot of fun.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer private and semiprivate classes for all levels and all disciplines. All the lessons are done using the advanced BB talking radio system.
What do I need to bring for my kite/windsurf lessons at ION CLUB Tarifa ?
You should bring sun protection, sunglasses (preferably with a strap so you don’t lose them) and a smile on your face. Everything else (wetsuit, harness, helmet, life jacket and kite equipment) will be provided by us.
What languages do your instructors speak?
All our instructors speak English and normally we have Spanish, Italian, German and French speaking instructors in our team.
How can I pay for my lessons?
We accept all types of credit-cards, Euro and you can now pay through our web page with your smartphone – link –
Is wetsuit, harness and protection (lifejacket and helmet) included in the price?
We really care about the comfort and safety of our guests. Wetsuit, harness, life jacket and helmet are included in the price of lessons as well as in the price when you’re renting your equipment.
What happens if I pay for the lesson in advance but there is no wind?
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing are both sports that depends on the nature. Tarifa is one of the best spots in Europe to guarantee wind but of course, no wind days can happen as well. If you are renting with us, you can use the SUPs and surf boards free of charge. If you have booked lessons with us and the conditions don’t allow us to provide the lesson, you will get a voucher for the remaining lessons. Perfect excuse to come back to Tarifa one day…
Why is ION CLUB the best school in Tarifa?
ION CLUB has been teaching watersports for more than 35 years worldwide and followed the development of the sports and the gear. ION CLUB Tarifa is the biggest kite, windsurf and SUP center in Tarifa. We are based on the beautiful beach in Valdevaqueros,the perfect spot for the both most common wind directions in Tarifa. With PONIENTE, thanks to the sand dune the thermal wind usually kicks in after lunch, with LEVANTE, the shape of the beach provides safe conditions.
Our professional and friendly team is multilingual, certified with the Spanish FAV license and German VDWS license and IKO. We teach Kitesurfing with the radio BB Talking system, that provides the fastest way of learning and every lesson is fitted to your personal needs to make a great progression.
Our guests have the unique possibility to use the showers, changing room, lockers or storage right on the beach.
After your session you can chill on the private chill-out area, enjoy the summer vibes and drinks from the TUMBAO bar, have lunch in the chiringuito, fresh smoothies and amazing burgers in the afternoon.
Do I need to book equipment in advance?
Pre-booking will always assure you the best price and availability.
Do I need insurance for the equipment?
It is recommended if you like a stress-free vacation but you can choose not to take it.
What does a rental include?
The complete gear, a wetsuit and a harness if you did not bring your own.
Do I have to bring my own wetsuit and harness?
If you prefer a special model it’s recommended. Or if you want to make sure to find your size available.
Can I store my own equipment at your center?
At our center you can store your kite and windsurf equipment all year long or for the time of your holidays so that your car doesn’t get sandy and you don’t have to carry everything back and forth. As part of the storage deal, the showers, changing room, lockers and chill-out zone is fully to your disposal.
Can I rent equipment and go to a different spot?
Yes, you can.
What happens if I pay for rental in advance but there is no wind?
It depends on the rental option you choose.
Do you have a rescue boat?
Rescue service in Tarifa is provided by two main private companies. All of our guests are under the supervision of a private safety boat. The other users of the spot can purchase a pre-paid rescue card at our center.
What is the best time of the year to kite in Tarifa?
Tarifa offers good conditions all year but of course from March to November the weather is normally nicer.
Where can I check the wind conditions?
It is hard to read the forecast because the micro climate of the area is affecting the standard charts. Our team will be happy to give their view on daily basis during your stay and suggest the best activity to organize.
What is the best wind direction for the spot in Valdevaqueros?
The two most known winds of the area are Poniente (West) and Levante (East) and they are both good on our spot.
Do I need shoes at your spot?
Only in some little area there are some stones so normally you don’t need them.
What no-wind activities do you offer?
Sup excursions and Surf lessons.